How excited are we about Royal Caribbean Cruises selecting our for their cruise line travelers? Very. Royal Caribbean has a spectacular fleet and are now launching the biggest cruise ship ever built; the Harmony of the Seas. To give you an idea of its size, this ship:
• Accommodates 6410 guests and 2100 staff members
• Encompasses 18 floors over a staggering 229 foot height
• Offers 23 different swimming pools
The number of wine bars are not noted, but we are positive you will find yourself near a well-equipped wine bar serving you a perfectly chilled Aaldering Estate Chardonnay 2015. And while cruising the Caribbean, don’t forget to stock up on some other Aaldering wines with Brandsimex on Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, who are known for hosting vibrant wine tasting events like the one at Zest most recently.
After the kudos from Michelangelo on our Pinotage 2012, where it won double gold, we have now also received the Top 100 South African Wines Competition double gold awards. Not only was our classic red Aaldering Pinotage recognized, but our outstanding barrel-aged Pinotage Rosé was also awarded as a sublime wine in this prestigious wine competition. To add even more good news, our Aaldering Chardonnay and Pinotage Blanc got awarded the silver medals too. We do hope you’ve got one of these wines chilled in your wine fridge if you feel like having a fine wine-moment tonight!
To our Pinotage fans, August 1st will be the Aaldering Estate’s most noteworthy day for releasing the new vintage Pinotage Blanc and Lady M 2016. Due to its success worldwide we had to keep you waiting for a few months again. Our advice to you is to secure the exclusive allocation now!
The first Pinotage vintage (2012) to come from our brand new winery showed a remarkable improvement in quality due to the ultra-modern techniques that we now have on hand.
Giving way to silky-smooth tannins in the valley’s most elegant Pinotage. Having released the 2013 vintage of the Aaldering Pinotage now, you will find it bringing new and exhilarating aromas and flavors, all wrapped up in Aaldering’s exultant style.
Beautiful texture and complex characters of raspberry, dark cherry and cloves, developing a sophisticated complexity with age.
Temperatures are dropping and we are starting to receive some random rain showers. After this incredibly dry summer we are in need of significant rain to fill water reservoirs as we go into winter. The vines’ metabolism is slowing down and our cover-crop already stands 10cm’s high. Leaves are falling and signs of late autumn are evident everywhere. This is the start of our preparation for the 2017 harvest. In less than 2 months we will start our pruning activities which shape our vines in order to allow them to produce their best. In the meantime, we will put all our focus on the fruit of the vine that needs to go to barrels to develop into something that people will enjoy for many years to come.
The success of the Prowein trade fair in Düsseldorf is growing each year. More than 55.000 exhibitors from all over the world unite. Exhibitors popped at least a million bottles of wine over the 3 days!
Obviously we were happy to open up our newest vintages for our clients from all over the world, such as All Nippon Airways, Japan; Moddy Trading, Taiwan; and Natureland, Mauritius, just to name a few.
The city of Düsseldorf, in particular, brightens at night during the Prowein event and we’ve hosted an intimate wine dinner at the enchanting Tante Anna’s Weinhaus (take note for your next travel to Düsseldorf).
It was also a feast to be present again at this year’s German-based trade fair, WTCE in Hamburg. Everyone from the biggest airlines as well as the most exotic and exclusive private airlines were present at the travel industry event.
As the business calls for valued customer experience, you can take comfort in the knowledge that our wine bar was crowded throughout the show.
We will be pulling the corks from Aaldering bottles and offering samples at the following upcoming events. Where will you be?!
WOSA Intrepid trade tasting, Tobacco Dock London, 8 September 2016, London, UK
WOSA East Africa Tasting, 28 October 2016, Kampala, Uganda
WOSA East Africa Tasting, 29 October 2016, Nairobi, Kenya
Nature always surprises by offering the most beautiful things when expected the least. The 2016 harvest started one month earlier than usual because of very dry conditions combined with very warm temperatures and strong winds blowing without end. This resulted in very difficult conditions as the vineyards needed constant care to make sure that they are in top condition to offer us the quality we need to make great wines. It also forced us to be more in touch with our vines and therefore we closely monitored every process taking place.
In the cellar we were amazed by the quality of the grapes! Tiny berries with extreme concentration and wonderful colour was the result of a very tiresome season. Our viticulture practices of the last year paid off!! One more vineyard to harvest and then this great offering will go to barrel where the wine will take it’s time to slowly undergo transformation that will grab the imagination of all who is fortunate enough to get their hands on this Aaldering vintage!
The crop was slightly smaller than previous years predominantly because of the small berries that were a direct result of the dry season. The soon to be released 2013 vintage has been bottled only recently and shows quality that is a clear indication of the year on year hard work that our team has put into improving each vintage we release; vibrant fruit with riper and elegant tannins. These wines have been matured for 2 years in French oak.